Playbill Vault's Today in Theatre History: September 14
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Playbill Vault’s Today in Theatre History: September 14

1910 Birthday of Lehman Engel, the Tony-winning Broadway conductor who founds the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop. Among the many reveals he conducts are the unique productions of Fantastic City, Fanny, Li’l Abner, Do Re Mi, Name Me Mister, and The Consul. He wins the Tony in 1953 as excellent musical director, an award that’s later discontinued.

1916 The Longacre Theatre is the host for the opening of a brand new comedy by James Montgomery, Nothing However The Fact. William Collier stars within the play that follows a inventory dealer attempting to not inform a lie for 24 hours so as to win a $10,000 guess.

1925 The Jazz Singer by Samson Raphaelson opens on the Fulton Theatre. George Jessel stars because the cantor’s son, Jackie Rabinowitz, who’s tempted away from spiritual music by jazz. The melodrama runs 303 performances, and makes historical past in 1927 as the primary commercially launched sound movie.

1936 Following a summer season hiatus, the Ziegfeld Follies of 1936 re-opens on the Winter Backyard Theatre. It options songs by Vernon Duke and Ira Gershwin, and performances by Fanny Brice, Gypsy Rose Lee, and Bob Hope.

1949 Treasure Hunt, a comedy by M. J. Farrell and John Perry, opens on the Apollo Theatre in London and tells of an aristocratic pair who determine to absorb paying visitors to take care of their virtually bankrupt property. The play is directed by John Gielgud and stars Sybil Thorndike, Alan Webb, and Marie Lohr. It runs for 11 months.

1960 Bette Davis, Clark Allen, and Leif Erickson participate in staged readings of The World of Carl Sandburg. The poetry-based piece runs at Henry Miller’s Theatre till October 8.

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1972 Opening evening of Jason Miller’s drama, That Championship Season, concerning the reunion of a highschool basketball staff at which many long-buried truths are revealed. The forged options Charles Durning, Paul Sorvino, Richard A. Dysart, and Walter McGinn. It runs 700 performances and wins the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

1980 Charles Strouse gives music for Charlie and Algernon which opens on the Helen Hayes Theatre. The musical relies on the identical supply materials because the 1968 movie Charly, a few mentally disabled man who’s quickly reworked right into a genius. It lasts solely 17 performances earlier than closing September 28. The composer suffers one other blow later within the season when his Convey Again Birdie—a sequel to his profitable Bye Bye Birdie—runs solely four performances.

1989 The primary Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s musical Sweeney Todd opens on the Circle within the Sq. Theatre. Beth Fowler and Bob Gunton star within the manufacturing, which beforehand performed a sold-out Off-Broadway engagement on the York Theatre Firm. It runs 188 performances.

2000 Author-performer Pamela Gien takes on 28 roles spanning 4 generations of South Africans, from apartheid to freedom, in The Syringa Tree at Off-Broadway’s Playhouse 91. The play wins the 2001 Obie Award for Greatest Play and earns Gien a 2001 Drama Desk Award within the class of Solo Efficiency. Gien is changed by Kate Blumberg on August 1, 2001 as she exits to work on a movie adaptation of the play.

2005 Robert Clever, the Academy Award-winning producer-director who introduced the musicals West Aspect Story and The Sound of Music to the large display screen, dies at age 91.

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2008 Following an award-winning run at Los Angeles’ El Portal Theatre, The Marvelous Wonderettes opens at Off-Broadway’s Westside Theatre Upstairs. Written and directed by Roger Bean, the musical options traditional songs of the fifties and sixties in a journey again to the 1958 Springfield Excessive College promenade.

2009 Patrick Swayze, who boasted Broadway and West Finish theatrical credit however was finest identified for his work in a number of hit Hollywood movies, dies at age 57, following a battle with pancreatic most cancers. Swayze made his Broadway debut within the unique Broadway run of Grease as a alternative Danny Zuko and later appeared within the short-lived musical Goodtime Charley, and as Billy Flynn within the Broadway revival of Chicago. He earned Golden Globe nominations for his roles within the movies Soiled Dancing, Ghost, and To Wong Foo Thanks for Every thing, Julie Newmar.

2015 Nicole Kidman returns to the London stage for the primary time since 1998’s The Blue Room in Anna Ziegler’s {Photograph} 51, opening on the Noël Coward Theatre.

Extra of At this time’s Birthdays: A. E. Anson 1879. Kay Medford 1920. Zoe Caldwell 1933. Nicol Williamson 1938.

Flip by way of images from the three Broadway productions of Sweeney Todd:

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